Lugar supporters must get behind Mourdock
Sen. Richard Lugar could have retired with dignity but chose to run again. As a Lugar supporter, I was disappointed he did not win the primary. However, unlike many Lugar supporters, I immediately closed ranks behind State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
Mourdock has served well as a disciplined state treasurer who was unafraid to take on the Obama administration on state employee pensions and a variety of other issues that have benefited Indiana.
Lugar supporters especially should realize that sitting on your hands in this U.S. Senate election is a bad idea. Indiana has the most manufacturing-dependent economy in the nation. However, the Democratic nominee, Rep. Joe Donnelly, has voted with the National Association of Manufacturers only 56 percent of the time. Is such lukewarm support of industry really in the best interest of Indiana?
It is bad enough that the U.S. has lost its AAA credit rating. Do we really want to continue to join the ranks of Argentina, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain in this vein? Our frugal state treasurer, Mourdock, will take to D.C. his disciplined approach to government spending.
It is time for all Lugar supporters to return to the fold and support Mourdock for U.S. Senate. The alternative is simply not a good fit for Indiana.
NATE LaMAR New Castle
Historic U.S. at stake in election’s outcome
This is not an election between Democrats and Republicans. It is an election between traditional Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, and the liberal-progressive factions that have taken control of the Democratic Party. They truly believe a socialistic form of government would be superior to historic America with all its individual rights, personal responsibilities and religious freedoms. They believe that smart people like themselves can better manage our lives than we can as individuals.
President Obama is not a bad person. He just truly believes that a socialistic form of government would create a more fair America. Almost all his mentors have been from the far left of our political system. The vast majority of his current senior advisers come from the far left. He just doesnt believe in the greatness or exceptionalism of historic America.
Obama strongly believes in increasing welfare and entitlements. The real danger of this is that the people who receive some form of welfare will soon outnumber those of us who actually pay all the income taxes and who do not receive any form of welfare. Those individuals will tend to vote for the politicians who are providing them with all the free stuff.
When that happens historic America and our democracy will have a very difficult time surviving.
Vote wisely. Our country and the lives of your children and grandchildren are depending on it.
JERRY MONNIN SR. Defiance
Patriotic Americans see need for change
The American people will not be fooled again by President Obama. The saying goes, Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!
The American people have seen the president dither in the gulf oil spill crisis, sign nationalized health care against the will of the people, do nothing about the financial crisis of debt, and become involved in a Libyan civil war without congressional approval.
We need a president who can be trusted and knows the value of freedom and opportunity this country offers its citizens. One who understands the principles of liberty, capitalistic and economic prosperity and is proud to be an American with no apologies. With a consistent unemployment rate greater than 8 percent, a $16 trillion national debt, an economic policy resulting in inflationary food and gas prices, new confiscatory middle class taxes coming in January 2013, the American people will not be fooled again.
America, we can do better than this. Our parents gave us a better America, and we need to do the same for our progeny. Obama should not be given a second term. Your vote does have consequences.
TOM RINGENBERG Huntington
Board members could use an education
I have a suggestion for Fort Wayne Community Schools board members. After studying data, reading books and my 11 years of daily personal involvement, its my belief it would be beneficial if every board member spent 10 full days during the school year in various LEAD/Title 1 schools. They need to see in real time the behaviors teachers on a daily basis are up against. There are many more factors that undermine education today than in past years. The school that I and many of them went to does not exist anymore.
I also believe teaching positive relationship-building is as important as teaching academics. Every student will someday become an adult. They will need to learn the word compromise.
The words below were written by Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post and published in The Journal Gazette Sept. 20.
Teachers are heroes, not villains, and its time to stop demonizing them. The reform movement would have us believe that most of the low- income, low-performing schools are incompetent – and, by extension, that most of the teachers in upper-crust schools, where students perform well, are paragons of pedagogical virtue.
But some of the most dedicated and talented teachers Ive ever met were working in failing inner-city schools.
I leave everyone with this question: If we transferred all the staff from exemplary school A to failing school D then take the staff from failing school D to exemplary school A, would the scores be reversed or remain the same?
ROBERT L. WAFFORD Fort Wayne
Suu Kyi’s visit was inspirational
What an inspiration Aung San Suu Kyis visit to Fort Wayne was! I want to thank the Burmese community and all the other sponsors of her visit. The coverage in the Sept. 26 Journal Gazette was wonderful. I counted 10 articles about the event.
I quibble with Stacey Stumpfs implication that a disappointing number of people, only 5,100, attended the event. My husband and I had planned to be there until we learned that WFWA-TV was going to broadcast it live. We attended from home, and thus we were able to see her beautiful face and the translated excerpts probably much more clearly than if we had been at the Coliseum looking at the large screens from a distance. I hope many people were able to attend that way. The live broadcast of the event was a gift to the community. For those who missed it, I hope that WFWA will re-broadcast it.
One other point: On Page 3E in the special section, you did not mention that you were not printing the text of the speech Suu Kyi gave in English. You printed only the translation of the portion she gave in Burmese.
I know that since she spoke with no notes you did not have her English speech in writing, but I hope that you will have the English portion transcribed from the video and print it later. It was beautiful. It should be printed by itself for your readers and for posterity.
GINNY CLARK Fort Wayne
Health care search offers only frustration
I am 49 years old and one of the many people who have no health insurance.
I have tried to find affordable coverage. I also have applied and been qualified for the Healthy Indiana Plan. The problem now is the waiting list of two years to get on the plan, let alone requalifying at that time. The waiting list helps gain a perspective on the problem of our health care crisis.
Another puzzle to me is Medicaid. I simply want to understand how a person who has a major-company carrier for primary insurance has Medicaid as secondary or, even better, third. I am not referring to those people with special needs. I am thinking of people who seem to find a loophole and somehow qualify. People who abuse government assistance are a huge part of the problem.
On the other hand, I take offense to being penalized for not having health care coverage when I have been looking since 2010.We all must be responsible because in the end it will be all who benefit or suffer in some way.
I feel that it may be a good idea to allow people to convert their Social Security into a flexible spending account if needed. The government dollars are certainly not really there for us anyway in the future, so why not let us use our own money that we dont really have to help with our health costs?
Just like everything else these days, it would mean none cents for all. Its very serious, but sorta funny.
LISA WILEY Fort Wayne
Elks lodge open, taking new members
Speculation of the Fort Wayne Elks Lodge 155 being active seems to be an ongoing conversation. The lodge is very much alive. We have a full slate of officers; we are supporting our charities, which are the meaning of Elkdom.
Our meetings are at the same location. We are welcoming new members; we are reinstating old members. Anyone is welcome to join, men or women.
If you have a business, it is good to be able to set quietly and have lunch in a comfortable atmosphere. We are complementary to the Coyote Golf Club, and those who book are welcome as well to play golf. We are on the Web, easy to find. We welcome even your asking what it takes to become an Elk.
BETTY STEWART Officer of the Lodge Fort Wayne